(Latin speakers from the previous thread will be swift to offer corrections, I am sure.)
Linguistic confusion reigns in the early days of Benedict XVI. One local tabloid said a German was Pope, another claimed him as a Bavarian, the third as a M?nchner. The Bild-Zeitung said “Wir sind Papst,” which would literally mean “We’re Pope,” a claim that’s odd, even by the standards of that paper’s often tenuous relationship with consensus reality.
Hans Kung has some sensible things to say on the subject.
My first thoughts are probably less so.
I was clearly wrong to speculate that John Paul II would be the last European Pope. At least one report I read today suggested that the cardinals from Latin America know that time is on their side and didn’t see a need rush it. German media were reporting tips from Italian newspapers saying the toughest opposition to Ratzinger came from the German cardinals. Third hand, I know, but interesting.
As for serious thoughts about B16, I’m a little short. People I find congenial are not happy about the choice. He’s said he will come to the global Catholic youth event in Cologne this summer, so it looks like he will travel, too. We’ll see if worldwide pilgrimage has become a permanent part of the papal purview. We’ll also find out if he’s got the charisma to keep the attention of the global public that JP2 won.